UNC Greensboro’s 2018 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) raised more than $170,000 last year for charities across the community, state, and beyond. The campaign kicked off in September and final donations were accepted in late December.
The campaign saw donations from nearly 800 staff and faculty members, and was supported by nearly 100 SECC team coordinators and volunteers. With a 28 percent participation rate, UNCG tied with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the highest participation rate in the UNC System.
“From the two dozen that helped with the primary planning, to the more than one hundred team coordinators, this was a university-wide effort,” said 2018 SECC Campaign Chair Wade Maki. “I’m so grateful for the time, support, and efforts of everyone involved. The dedication and commitment of these volunteers has been inspiring. Too often, we spend our work days in our own zone and a campus-wide project like this really shows how many good people doing good work it takes to make a big difference.”
The SECC helps support more than 900 charitable organizations across the state and beyond, ranging from the Second Harvest Food Bank and YWCA to Duke Children’s Hospital and USO North Carolina.
As the only workplace giving program for state employees, the SECC is a direct way for staff and faculty at the University to help those in need, sustain service organizations, and make a meaningful contribution to the community. The SECC was established as a medium to assure state employees and retirees an avenue and opportunity to support charitable organizations that are accountable, fiscally sound, and committed to improving the quality of life in the state, nation and the world.
“I’m just glad that we all could come together and really make a difference in our community,” said Barbara Tookey, who will take the lead for this year’s campaign as 2019 SECC Campaign Chair. “I’m very proud of UNCG and the volunteers for all the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the campaign. It doesn’t matter if they gave one dollar or a thousand dollars, we all are participating in the greater good, and I love that.”
By Victor Ayala